By God’s Grace, Abrie and I returned safely after completing Missions to Lesotho, Swaziland and throughout South Africa. Driving over 10 260km, altogether we gave 66 presentations, Bible Studies, sermons or devotions.
In South Africa, we gave a Traffick Proof presentation at three schools, a Fight the New Drug presentation at two schools, a Bible College and two mid-week meetings, gave Reformation Challenges and Mission Reports at 4 churches and a school, ministered at an Old Age Home, a Drug Rehab in a prison, and at an Evangelists’ meeting. Abrie preached at two Sunday Services in South Africa.
“The kingdomsof this world have become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” Revelation 11:15
Swaziland was isolated for many years from any contact with western civilization due to its geography. It lies nearly 1,600km (1,000 miles) from the coast of the Cape of Good Hope, and inland beyond a shield of mountains called the Lubombo Range. It is bordered by Mozambique to its north-east and South Africa to its north, west and south. It is a small country, with a surface area of 17,364 km2 and a population of about one million people.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him who brings Good News, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”Isaiah 52:7
Upon the Mountains
Lesotho is sometimes referred to as the ‘kingdom in the sky’ as it is a country ruled by a monarchy, situated mostly in a mountainous region with the Drakensberg mountains in the East and the Orange Free State province on its Northern and Western borders. Lesotho is completely enclosed by South Africa. Formed as a British protectorate in 1843, Lesotho was granted independence in 1966.
"'…Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts." Zechariah 4:6
Reformation to the Remotest Regions
2017 is Reformation 500. 31 October 2017, will mark the 500th anniversary of Professor Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses on the church door of the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) in Wittenberg. This is by far the most significant spiritual anniversary that will take place in our life time. Reformation 500 provides us with an inspiring historic milestone to inspire, inform and involve our families, congregations, communities and countries, in rediscovering the foundational Biblical doctrines which: revived worship, renewed prayer, revitalised families, restored Biblical economics, re-established Christian schools, reformed society, removed idols and restricted government to Biblical limits.
Dear Friends and Intercessors
We greet you in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We have reached our half year mark and we confidently say, "Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever." Psalm.106:1.
We have received a total of 7 container shipments of Christian materials from both Edwin L. Hodges and Eagles Nest Ministries since January 2016. We, at Literature4Africa and Frontline Fellowship, would like to express our gratitude to the teams at Eagles Nest and Edwin L. Hodges for their continuous support by sending us Christian Materials and Bibles. With these materials, we are able to support the needs of many ministries which include chaplains, missions, schools, NGOs, NPOs and churches as well as Evangelists, Sunday School Teachers and Missionaries in South Africa.
South Africa’s first Mission Station has now become a mission field. Genadendal is located 140km up the N2 from Cape Town and is near the picturesque town of Greyton. The first Mission station in South Africa was started by the German Moravian Missionary George Schmidt, in 1738, amongst the Khoi people. This once flourishing mission station is now a forgotten village that is struggling with the challenges of drug abuse, alcoholism, immorality, AIDS and poverty. Some of the pastors and guardians of the children believe the situation in Genadendal is hopeless and that youth there are a lost generation. In response to this, Frontline Fellowship was invited to initiate a series of outreaches in Genadendal, believing that Jesus came to seek and save what is lost and that He promised that what is impossible with men is possible with God (Mark 10:27)!
“And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
During April and May, I had the privilege of being involved in children's ministry with children in the poor community of Delft South. The church started youth meetings on Fridays to try and keep the children off the streets where crime, violence and drug abuse reigns. When I started to give Bible lessons to the children to teach them some good principles, I soon found that their knowledge of God was basically non-existent.
“’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD.”; Isaiah 55:8
When we left Cape Town, we were fully loaded with over 2.5 tonnes of Bibles, books, and boxes of literature. Trailer and truck were as packed as full as possible. Some of the material for distribution was even invading the cab! Having handled almost every single box, bag, and parcel personally, I was looking forward to each meeting that we were going to have, because we would be able to bless these ministries or local schools, and individuals with this material.
More Blessed to Give than to ReceiveMaking sure you have all the Bibles, Sunday School materials, and audio visuals that you will be needing is a challenge. Making sure each of the individual boxes and books get to the right destinations is a hurdle and a half. For the whole month of June, I was put in charge of distributing the material. It was both a stressful and rewarding job. Every time I was told to get this or that box from the trailer I could not have been happier. The phrase, it is more blessed to give than to receive, kept ringing true. It was a real blessing to give to different teachers, pastors, missionaries, and lecturers their allocated amounts. Even small amounts, like 4-5 books with a few audio visuals, were gladly handed over to people who would use the material for the ministry.
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” Psalm 150:6
South Africa for Christ
With over 5000km travelled, our South Africa mission team has arrived back safely. God very graciously gave us the opportunities to preach and teach in churches, schools, mission stations, Bible colleges, and even a soccer stadium! Although I spend most of my time either ministering in Cape Town or across the South African border, I was greatly encouraged by the amount of opportunities there are to feed people the Word of God within South Africa.
"Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God." 2 Corinthians 5:20
BotswanaThe Tswana were the first Bantu people in Africa to respond to the Gospel, and the first Southern African people group to receive a complete Bible in their own language, through the ministry of Robert Moffat. Unfortunately, today, the situation in the church is that most Christians are nominal. There are very few who take evangelism and discipleship seriously, even less so world missions.